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The Latest: Another Wells Fargo CEO faces an angry Congress

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 11:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

The Latest on Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan's testimony before Congress (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Some U.S. Senators questioning Wells Fargo's CEO say an auto insurance scandal is an example of how the bank's culture hasn't changed.

Wells Fargo acknowledged earlier this year that it signed up tens of thousands of auto loan customers up for insurance they did not need, and some of those customers who could not afford the auto insurance had their cars repossessed.

That came after a scandal over millions of accounts created without customer knowledge as bank employees tried to meet aggressive sales targets.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland, said "it was amazing" for Wells Fargo to claim it puts customers first when people's cars were repossessed.

And Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, expressed anger about the auto insurance scandal as well as the sales practices scandal. She said bank executives promise to look into situations and promise they care about customers. But she said, "I do not hear a level of cultural change that satisfies me today."

11 a.m.

A year later, it appears Congress remains united on at least one thing: its anger at Wells Fargo over a sales practices scandal.

Senators on both sides of the aisle expressed their continuing disappointment Tuesday as CEO Tim Sloan appeared before them, wondering whether one of the nation's largest consumer banks has truly changed its culture a year after the sales practices were exposed.

Wells Fargo has said that 3.5 million accounts were potentially opened without customers' permission between 2009 and 2016, as employees tried to meet ambitious sales targets. Sloan's predecessor, John Stumpf, testified twice in front of Congress last fall and the scandal cost him his job.

Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, said, "We are irritated at Wells Fargo. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a vocal critic of Wells Fargo, called for Sloan's firing. She said, "At best you were incompetent, at worst you were complicit," in the sales practices.

1 a.m.

Wells Fargo's chief executive will face Congress saying the bank remains "deeply sorry" for its previous sales practices, and that in the year since the scandal over them exploded it has substantially changed for the better.

The prepared comments from Tim Sloan come ahead of his scheduled appearance in front of the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, about a year since his predecessor did the same and was grilled about the sales practices.

Wells Fargo has said that 3.5 million accounts were potentially opened without customers' permission between 2009 and 2016, as employees tried to meet ambitious sales targets. The scandal was the biggest in Wells Fargo's history. Sloan's predecessor, John Stumpf, testified twice in front of Congress last fall.

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New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 6:35 AM

Texas Billboard Urges Liberals To Leave The State

Just one week after a billboard telling liberals to get out of Texas went viral, a new sign is offering a unifying message.

>> Texas billboard urging liberals to leave state to be taken down

According to KVII, Amarillo resident Roman Leal started a GoFundMe page Wednesday to put up a more welcoming sign after learning of a billboard near Vega that read, "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." (That billboard has since been taken down.)

>> See it here

Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it!

Posted by Kyle Mccallie on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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"We need a sign that represents the true, hospitable spirit of the great state of Texas," Leal wrote in the fundraiser's description. "'Texas is for everyone – not for bigotry. Welcome, y'all!' will go up on the Lamar digital billboard at I40 and Coulter. It will be visible to travelers and commuters driving along the interstate in Amarillo, giving us a chance to put our best boot forward. Meeting the campaign goal will keep the billboard up for 4 weeks. Any contributions exceeding the goal will be used to pay for a longer duration."

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The campaign quickly met its $1,800 goal. By Monday morning, it had raised $3,075.

The new billboard reportedly went up over the weekend and has already gone viral on Reddit.

>> See the post here

New Amarillo billboard in response to “liberals keep driving” from r/pics

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Update: Texas billboard urging liberals to leave state to be taken down

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:09 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:09 PM

Texas Billboard Urges Liberals To Leave The State

The Texas billboard urging liberals to get out of the state went viral, but will be taken down following backlash.

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According to KDFW, the owner of the advertising company said the billboard that reads "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS" will be taken down and the buyer will be reimbursed.

The billboard is located along Interstate 40 near Vega.

Facebook user Kyle Mccallie of Fritch shared a photo of the sign Tuesday.

"Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it," he quipped in his Facebook post, which has been shared more than 12,000 times.

>> See the post here

Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it!

Posted by Kyle Mccallie on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
 

The billboard's owner was not identified in KFDA's report

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Paint Creek firefighter killed after station accident in Highland Co. ID’d

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 5:28 AM

Firefighter's body escorted to morgue

UPDATE @ 5:45 a.m: The Paint Creek firefighter killed after a tragic accident that occurred while at the district’s station has been identified as Joe Patterson.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Four people displaced after Piqua house fire 

The Paint Creek Joint EMS & Fire District posted the message to their Facebook page: “It is our sad duty to report the Line of Duty Death of Fire Fighter Joe Patterson of the Paint Creek Fire District in Highland County Ohio. Fire Fighter Patterson lost his life in a tragic accident at the fire house on the afternoon of June 24, 2018. Memorial details will be announced as they are finalized.”

Patterson was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the them. He was then air lifted by a MedFlight helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where he later died.

Local police and firefighters helped escort the fallen firefighter to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed later today, according to the coroner’s. 

INITIAL REPORT

Local Dayton police and fire departments helped escort a fallen firefighter/EMT from Kettering Medical Center to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Sunday night.

The firefighter died early Sunday, according to officials. 

He was a firefighter/EMT with the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District and lost his life after an accident at the district’s station near Rainsboro, according to a local news journal.

Firefighter escorted to morgue after accident

The firefighter was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the cylinders. He was then air lifted by a MedFlight helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where he later died.

The name of the firefighter will be released once his family has been notified. 

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Teen girl helps blind, deaf man by signing into his hands on Alaska Air flight

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:44 PM

Clara Daly, 15, helped a blind and deaf man communicate during an Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to Portland.
Alaska Airlines
Clara Daly, 15, helped a blind and deaf man communicate during an Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to Portland.(Alaska Airlines)

A teen girl helped a blind, deaf man communicate on a recent Alaska Airlines flight, according to KIRO.

Dianne McGinness with Alaska Airlines shared the heartwarming story after a passenger on the flight wrote a post this week about the interaction that was shared over 400,000 times.

The passenger, Lynette Scribner, was traveling on the same flight as the teen and man, and was moved to write a post on the touching encounter. 

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Scribner said the man, Tim Cook, was traveling home to Portland after visiting his sister. Cook lives at Portland's Brookdale Senior Living. 

When passengers of the flight realized Cook was blind and deaf, many helped ensure he was comfortable. A man sitting next to Cook gave him the aisle seat and helped with little tasks like opening his coffee creamer and pouring it into his coffee, Scribner shared.

A flight attendant made an announcement asking if a passenger on board knew American Sign Language. Fifteen-year-old Clara Daly, who has studied ASL for the last year, rang her call button.

When Daly learned the man could communicate only if someone signed into his hand, she immediately went to help.

Cook asked Daly questions and she patiently sign-spelled answers into his hand.

Scribner said Daly learned ASL because she has dyslexia, and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn.

“Clara was amazing,” an Alaska Airlines flight attendant said in the news release. “You could tell Tim was very excited to have someone he could speak to -- and she was such an angel.”

“When (Cook) asked (Daly) if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as the seat mate, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim,” Scribner shared. “I don't know when I've ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being. All of us in the immediate rows were laughing and smiling and enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to.”

Clara Daly, 15, helped a blind and deaf man communicate during an Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to Portland.(Alaska Airlines)

After the flight, McGinness said Cook met a service provider from Brookdale Senior Living at the gate.

Cook said the flight was the best trip he's ever taken.

Daly told her mom she thought the encounter was "meant to be," since her original flight was canceled and she was redirected to Cook's flight.

On Thursday, Scribner added a note on her beloved post: “We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed.”

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